Naked Scientists Podcast

Naked Scientists episode

Tue, 1st Apr 2014

Right Hand, Left Hand

Two hands forming a heart shape (c) Leon Brocard

How handedness spans the scientific world, from the smallest particles in the Universe to the drugs that cure disease and even the way you hold a pen, goes under the microscope this week as we explore the realms of asymmetry. Plus, in the news, the world's first synthetic chromosome, the goo that stops bones breaking, is there a giant planet lurking beyond Pluto, aircraft black boxes and anti-aphrodisiacs...

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  • 01:13 - Creating a chromosome

    Scientists achieve the biological equivalents of climbing Mt. Everest. They’ve created a synthetic fully functional yeast chromosome.

  • 06:11 - Black Box Recorders

    A black box recorder might hold the most clues to how Malaysian Airways Flight MH370 crashed - but how do they work?

  • 37:11 - Which hand is best for sport?

    What about this whole question of sports though because I don't if anyone here is a sportsman, but everyone says they're fearful of playing against a left hander. Are left handers better at sport or is it that they just get to play right handers all the time and therefore, when ...

  • 38:20 - Spin and antimatter

    We enter the world of physics to explore spin and antimatter...

  • 45:06 - Do athletes use both hands?

    “I heard yesterday on Pointless that a relatively large number of sportsmen and women who played their sport left-handed are actually right-handed in other aspects of their life. Is this true?”

  • 45:37 - What does D, L, R and S stand for?

    So, we were talking about R and S-carvone, but what do R and S stand for? We also have D and L, and we also plus and minus. Why are there all these different letters?

  • 46:23 - Is the Universe symmetrical?

    Is the universe asymmetrical? I don't think he means the particles, but the bubble of existence we’re in. is that asymmetric?

  • 47:45 - Is technology steering human evolution?

    "will we get thicker bones and tooth enamel to deal with longer lifespan? Will we have longer and more muscular index fingers to cope with touch screens and computer mouses?"



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